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The Necessity of Blanket License Agreements in Light of 17 U.S.C. 110(4) Unveiled

  • Author(s): Wells, Fabiana
  • et al.
Abstract

For decades universities and other educational institutions have contracted with performance rights organizations in order to be able to publicly perform and use their respective musical catalogues freely without the fear of litigation.  For educational institutions, this is a significant drain on their financial resources, which otherwise could be used for the support of students through scholarships, new equipment or higher quality instructors.  This Article proposes a method for determining whether such blanket license agreements are actually necessary for an individual institution, or whether such an annual budget item is legitimately justified.

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